Typhoon Matmo Reaches China’s Coast After Lashing Taiwan

Typhoon Matmo reached China’s east coast today after lashing Taiwan with sustained winds of 119 kilometers per hour (73 miles per hour) and knocking out power to about 500,000 homes.

Matmo’s center landed in southeastern Fujian province, the China Meteorological Administration said on its website. Taiwan’s financial markets and government offices were closed today because of the typhoon, which injured 10 people, according to a statement on the Central Emergency Operation Center’s website.

Taiwan’s National Fire Agency said yesterday the military had 8,000 service members on standby to help with any rescue efforts. People were advised to stay away from coastal areas, as rains and winds continued, the Central Weather Bureau said. A mudslide warning was in place for Taiwan’s eastern Hualien county, which got more than 50 centimeters (19 inches) of rain as the typhoon neared, Hsieh Ming-chang, a forecaster with the weather bureau, told local television.

The center of Matmo was 100 kilometers southwest of Taiwan’s offshore Matsu island as of 4 p.m., according to Taiwan’s Central Weather Bureau.

China halted 118 trains because of the typhoon, People’s Daily said. A total 136 flights were canceled as of 11 a.m., Taiwan’s Central Emergency Operation Center said. More than 6,300 people were forced to evacuate their homes, the center said. About 500,000 houses had lost electricity, state-run utility Taiwan Power Co. said on its website.

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